Poem by Howard Megdal
Golden and Koosman
Cannot compete with Dickey
For scoreless innings
Recap by Pete Barrett
David Wright does not have to hide. Johan Santana took care of that.
In the bottom of the first inning, B.J. Upton chopped a ball down the third base line. Wright took a couple of steps in, then decided to stab at the ball with his barehand. It hit his knuckle. Thats fitting, considering the Mets 37-year-old knuckleballer R.A. Dickey was pitching.
Wright’s misplay was scored as a hit, the only one Dickey would allow. If it was not for Santana’s masterful no-hitter on June 1st, Wright would be the latest goat keeping the franchise from making history, and throwing their first no-hitter in 50 years of Mets’ baseball.
History was made anyway as Dickey eclipsed the former consecutive scoreless innings record holder, Jerry Koosman (31 2/3 innings, 1973) in the 8th inning.
Dickey’s knuckle ball was as good as it has been all season long allowing just one run in the complete game. It dipped, dodged, ducked, dove and dodged to a major league leading tenth win.
During his 2nd career one-hitter, the mountain climbing, book writing, ulnar collateral ligament lacking Dickey’s lone run was allowed in the 9th inning, ending his franchise record at 32 2/3 scoreless innings.
While the Rays’ bats were silenced, the Mets’ bats started working. Slumping players Jason Bay, Mike Nickeas, and Andres Torres entered Wednesday’s game a combined 0-43, but all singled in Wednesday’s victory.
A once-doomed Ike Davis has accumulated two consecutive multiple hit games, and has hit safely in each of his last four.
David Price started for the Rays and struck out eight, but allowed seven earned runs in five innings.
The Mets (34-29) will attempt to sweep the Rays (35-27) at 1:10pm Thursday. Johan Santana (3-3, 2.96 ERA) faces Jeremy Hellickson (4-2, 2.65 ERA.)